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Welcome to the DUALISTIC PHILOSOPHY of

TRUTHFUL ILLUSIONS & ILLUSORY TRUTHS

by John O’Loughlin of Centretruths Digital Media

 

 

Links to the files of which follow the brief introduction below:-

 

This collection of what I like to paradoxically think of as ‘essayistic aphorisms’ (or aphorisms with side titles rather than side numbers) is taken from two texts, namely Between Truth and Illusion and The Illusory Truth, both of which date from 1977, and is therefore indicative of a very early phase in my philosophical development.  The subject-matter ranges over quite a wide field, but is mostly restricted to a dualistic analysis of the world, which tends to take the interdependence of opposites, or polarities, for granted.  Such dualism, while no longer representative of my philosophical bias, was as good a starting-point as any, and I am still able to detect, here and there, intimations of intellectual futurity in various of these paradoxical writings, which prove that no matter how far one may develop, there is always some kind of link with the past and inescapable bedrock to oneself both as a writer and a person that time is unable to erase. – John O’Loughlin.

 

CONTENTS

THE INTERDEPENDENCE OF OPPOSITES

THE CONFLICT OF OPPOSITES

THE NECESSARY ILLUSION

THE LEGITIMACY OF STUPIDITY

MORE POSITIVE THAN NEGATIVE

BOTH POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE

NEITHER ANGEL NOR DEMON

NO GOOD WITHOUT EVIL

ONLY PART WISE

PERFECT OR IMPERFECT

PERFECT AND IMPERFECT

A NECESSARY DOUBT

NO SHAM WISDOM

ONLY ABSURD SOMETIMES

NOT ENTIRELY SANE

NOT ENTIRELY INSANE

NO HAPPINESS WITHOUT SADNESS

NOTHING SUPERFLUOUS

BETWEEN DAY AND NIGHT

A MISTAKE IN PLUTARCH

WISDOM AND FOLLY

TRUTH AND ILLUSION

GOOD AND EVIL

HAPPINESS AND SADNESS

PROFUNDITY AND SUPERFICIALITY

CERTAINTY AND DOUBT

REASONABLENESS AND UNREASONABLENESS

CLEVERNESS AND STUPIDITY

SUCCESS AND FAILURE

PLEASURE AND PAIN

LOVE AND HATE

VIRTUE AND VICE

STRENGTH AND WEAKNESS

INTEREST AND DISINTEREST

THE PHILOSOPHER AS MAN

TWO TYPES OF THINKER

THINKING SHOULD BE DIFFICULT

A JUSTIFICATION OF BOREDOM

ULTIMATE JUSTICE

NO ESCAPING EVIL

THE WAY IT HAS TO BE

NO HOPE WITHOUT FEAR

TWENTY MISTAKEN IDEAS

SLIGHTLY EXISTENTIAL

WORDS AS OUR REALITY

PARTLY OUR CREATION

TRUTHS BUT NO TRUTH

REALITY AND REALITIES

HUMAN DIVERSITY

NO TWO ALIKE

TIME BELONGS TO MAN

INEVITABLY UNREASONABLE

PUPPETS OF LIFE

THE NEGATIVE ROOT

THE STRUGGLE FOR HAPPINESS

WORK AND PLAY

NO FREEDOM WITHOUT BINDING

FROM WINTER TO AUTUMN

NO 'MOTHER NATURE'

MALE AND FEMALE PRIDE

AGAINST FOLLY

SUSPENDED JUDGEMENT

AGAINST REINCARNATION

SUPERSTITION UNIVERSAL

THE END OF THE WORLD

ART AS IDEALITY

GREAT ART

NO HEALTH WITHOUT DISEASE

ILLNESS NO OBJECTION

THE 'PLIMSOLL LINE' OF SLEEP

A WIDER VIEW OF VICE

MISUSED CONCEPTS

AGAINST RACIAL INEQUALITY

THE TRANSIENCE OF DEATH

PHILOSOPHY VERSES INSULAR INTOLERANCE

INDIVIDUAL WISDOM

THE MEANING AND PURPOSE OF LIFE

THE INFERIOR NEGATIVE

FOUR CATEGORIES

NEGATIVES SERVE

SUCCESSFUL FAILURES

POSITIVELY SELFISH

A POSTHUMOUS B.C.

SCHISMATIC CHRISTIANITY

LIVE SYMBOLS

INTERPLANETARY EQUILIBRIUM

MAGNETIC RECIPROCITIES

UNIVERSE OR UNIVERSES

BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL

 

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John O’Loughlin was born in Salthill, Galway, the Republic of Ireland, of mixed Irish- and British-born parents in 1952. Following a parental split he was brought to England by his mother and grandmother (who had initially returned to Ireland with her daughter upon the death of her Aldershot-based husband after a lengthy marital absence) in the mid-50s and subsequently attended schools in Aldershot and, upon the death and repatriation of his grandmother, Carshalton Beeches, Surrey, where, despite an enforced change of denomination from Catholic to Protestant in consequence of having been put into care by his mother, he attended a state school. Graduating in 1970 with an assortment of CSEs (Certificate of Secondary Education) and GCEs (General Certificate of Education), including history and music, he moved to London and went on, via two short-lived jobs, to work at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in Bedford Square, where he eventually became responsible for booking examination venues throughout Britain and Ireland. After a brief flirtation with Redhill Technical College back in Surrey, he returned to his former job in the West End but, due to a combination of factors, retired from the Associated Board in 1976 and began to pursue a literary vocation which, despite a brief spell as a computer-cum-office-skills tutor at Hornsey YMCA in the late '80s and early '90s, he has steadfastly continued with ever since. His novels include Changing Worlds (1976), An Interview Reviewed (1979), Secret Exchanges (1980), Sublimated Relations (1981), and Deceptive Motives (1981). Since the mid-80s Mr O'Loughlin has dedicated himself to philosophy, which he regards as his true literary vocation, and has penned more than seventy titles of a philosophical nature, including Devil and God (1985-6), Towards the Supernoumenon (1987), Elemental Spectra (1988-9), Philosophical Truth (1991-2) and, more recently, The Best of All Possible Worlds (2008), The Centre of Truth (2009), Insane but not Mad (2011) and Philosophic Flights of Poetic Fancy (2012).

 

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